The Outhouse eulogizes one of the best comics of the last year, Thor: The Mighty Avenger
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Roger Langridge
Illustrator: Chris Samnee
Inker: Tim Bradstreet
Orig. Published: January 12, 2011
Imprint: OUTREACH/NEW READER
The Story: (hide) Grab the book that ComicsBulletin.com says "just keeps getting better and better, and it started out great." Our hot-headed Asgardian has battled his way through a sea of robots...but he never expected there to be a MAN inside one of them! It's THOR and IRON MAN together, for the very first time!
Eight months ago, Marvel began the publication of one of the finest comics of 2010. Thor: The Mighty Avenger, penned by Roger Langridge and illustrated by Chris Samnee, was a widely acclaimed book which truly encompassed what an All-Ages book should be. Alas, the title was ended prematurely due to low sales figures in the direct market, turning what should have been the end of the second act of a three-part arc into a series finale.
In eight issues, Roger Langridge crafted one of the finest iterations of Thor and his supporting casts ever seen. Langridge crafted characters were both flawed and heroic at the same time, capturing the base essence of what made Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's earliest creations so spectacular. Langridge's Thor was a wonder to behold. Thor was noble yet quick-tempered, romantic yet surly, and brave and stubborn at the same time. Meanwhile, his Jane Foster was easily the best depiction of the character ever seen in any form. Together, they formed a spectacular pairing that showed more characterization in eight issues than the entirety of the most recent Thor reboot.
Langridge also crafted a spectacular world around Thor, one that was more coherent and complete than the modern Marvel universe today. He created a Namor that was arrogant without being petulant. He crafted a Loki that was more trickster God than Shakespearean villain. Even Captain Britain was spectacular, losing to Thor in a bar fight for the ages while his friends looked on in bemusement.
Chris Samnee's work also reached new heights during Thor: The Mighty Avenger. His modern yet retro designs were a delight to behold. Samnee's art captured the feel and tone of Roger Langridge's writing perfectly. The art was bold in its simplicity and used subtlety to capture emotion perfectly. In addition, Chris Samnee's facial drawings rival Amanda Conner and Kevin Maguire as some of the most emotive of all time.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger was a bold, romantic, exhilarating comic that represents not only what comic books were but also what they can be in the future. If only the comic fan base read this book instead of the fifteen Wolverine books or the twenty Batman books on the stands today, there would be a little more optimism for the industry today. Luckily, fans of Thor: The Mighty Avenger will get one more chance to fully enjoy the series. Langridge and Samnee are the creators behind this year's Free Comic Book Day comic from Marvel. Hopefully, interest in Thor: The Mighty Avenger will be rekindled and readers will be treated to the delightful world that Langridge and Samnee created once again.
Review by: Christian Hoffer